So, you’ve had a baby and finally have an hour to yourself to do some exercise? Targeted and effective, Pilates is a fantastic choice for new mums.
Pregnancy can stretch abdominal muscles and weaken the pelvic floor due to the weight of the growing baby. Pilates specifically targets your deep core muscles as they must be engaged before and during each exercise. With a strong core you’ll tighten up your waistline, prevent incontinence, as well as support your lower back and prevent pain when lifting your baby in and out of their cot and carrying all those boxes of nappies!
Many new mums suffer from poor postural alignment from the constant feeding and carrying of their baby. This can lead to aches and pains through their shoulders, necks and backs, especially on one favoured side. Pilates focuses on working with a balanced “neutral” spine and stretching and strengthening muscles evenly.
It also focuses more than most exercises programs on strengthening the upper back and lumbar spine. After class you will feel more balanced and aligned and by bringing this awareness into your day to day life you will stand taller and more pain-free.
Pilates is done in a controlled, focussed manner. This allows you the time to adjust your posture and alignment for maximum support and be able to challenge yourself whilst staying safe within the movements.
By increasing muscular strength, Pilates helps you to raise your metabolic rate and burn more calories throughout the day. Further, by engaging your deep abdominals throughout each exercise, you will stimulate your digestive organs and deep lymph node activation. This boosts digestion and toxin removal, helping your body to remove excess fluid and baby weight.
Just having an hour to get out of the house and focus on yourself and your body in a Pilates class can make a huge difference to a new mum’s mental and emotional well being. Leave your baby at home with a relative or carer or book into our small and specialised crèche and enjoy the time out. You definitely deserve it!